Hawaii Island News, afternoon edition, 21 Jan 2019

Welcome to the afternoon edition of “Hawaii News Digest”–Hawaii Island News.  View expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from the current issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Accessed on 21 January 2019, 2358 UTC, Post 18299.



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County Council mulls entering no-risk lawsuit over opioids
It sounds too good to be true: A national law firm wants to sue Big Pharma on behalf of Hawaii County in a no-risk deal that has the county paying nothing if it loses, but sharing in any damage awards if it wins or settles. West Hawaii Today.

Opioid prescriptions down
Dr. Daniel Galanis, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health, said the average number of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers monthly decreased from roughly 69,000 in 2015 to 54,500 in 2018. That revelation was made at a joint informational briefing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health and the House Health Committee at the state capitol in Honolulu. Tribune-Herald.

Eruption recovery confusion before legislative session
The Hawaii County Mayor’s legislative package, a $155 million appropriation request for Kilauea Volcano eruption disaster relief and recovery, has been submitted to the state legislature. House Bill 184 and Senate Bill 166 have been introduced as the 2019 legislative session gets underway. Big Island Video News.

Funding for supervisory positions a priority for Hawaii Police Department
First-line supervisors remain a priority for law enforcement during discussions with the county on additional budget needs for the upcoming fiscal year, officials told police commissioners last week. Tribune-Herald.

Police release discipline report
Missing drugs, assault of a juvenile suspect, and false violations on traffic tickets. That’s among the low-lights of the past year at the Big Island Police Department. The Hawaii County Police discipline report lists things that got HPD officers fired or suspended. The year before that there had been no firings, but this year’s list had three. KHON2.

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Russ Roberts